Trump’s tariffs may increase iPhone prices by 14%

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump in a White House meeting earlier this year.
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Apple may soon be forced to raise iPhone prices if Donald Trump’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports goes into effect.

Trump wants to slap tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The Office of U.S. Trade Representative began the approval process this week. Those tariffs could go into effect by June 24 and if that happens, some analysts predict Apple will raise iPhone prices by 14% or more to offset the costs.

Just Mobile Kickstarter project imagines a three-in-one charging solution

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Just Mobile's Encore Wireless does the job of three devices in the space of one.
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The problem with having a mobile phone, an Apple Watch and a tablet isn’t that you’ve got a lot of devices, it’s that you have a lot of different chargers.

Just Mobile, the folks behind the popular TENC Air phone cases, is attempting to solve this problem with Encore Wireless, a Kickstarter project that launched last week.

Introducing Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level

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Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
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Tim Cook is seriously underrated. Seven years after taking over as CEO from Steve Jobs, the narrative that he’s riding his predecessor’s coattails needs to change. It’s just not true.

Cook is his own man, transforming Apple in his own way. See Monday’s Apple credit card and subscription News+ app as examples, which are centered on customer privacy, a big Tim Cook mandate.

The company today is a better corporate citizen than it was in the past. And as a business, it’s firing on all cylinders. Cook is doing almost everything right. Some pundits are beginning to argue he’s Apple’s best CEO yet.

Bust out in style with Bucardo’s vintage Apple pocket watches

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Transform your Apple Watch into a classic vintage pocket watch without compromising accessibility or function.
Transform your Apple Watch into a classic vintage pocket watch without compromising accessibility or function.
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Bucardo is back on our radar with some seriously impressive designs and discounts for Apple Watch.

It’s nothing new in the world of fashion to recycle and resurrect the trends from our parents’ and even grandparents’ generations.

However, bygone era or not, some of these trends stick with us forever. Enter Bucardo’s pocket watch collection. Both playful and elegant, these designs strike nostalgia in our hearts.

Save huge and snag one of these exceptionally unique timepieces from our Watch Store today.

Perk up the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio with Slickwraps [Review]

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This is an iPad Pro, believe it or not.
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The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2018 iPad Pro is slim, lightweight and very useful. It’s also ugly as a mud fence. Slickwraps makes an array of “skins” designed to improve the appearance with bright colors, simulated wood grain or other options.

We tested this device cover to see whether it really enhances this iPad Pro add-on. Read on to find out how it did.

Just Mobile lets you get your hands on real power [Watch Store]

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The Cult of Mac Watch Store loves the Apple Watch, yes, but what we really desire is power. While we might never get the power to do whatever we want, there is plenty of power that we can acquire for a reasonable cost. Yes, we’re talking about chargers and electricity here, not dominion over all things.

The store recently added some slick ways to keep your devices full of juice from our friends at Just Mobile. See those below, and be sure to check out all our other power options.

Welt smart belt is like an Apple Watch for your waist

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This belt will monitor your increasingly girth.
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CES 2019 bug Forget your wrist. The new location for wearable devices is clearly your waist, at least according to Korean wearables company Welt. At CES 2019, the startup unveiled its smart belt, which promises to track physical activity, measure your expanding waistline, and even perform Apple Watch-style fall detection.

The Welt smart belt does this using a bevy of sensors and a Bluetooth connection. The data gathered is sent to a connected mobile device such as an iPhone.

Best gifts for iPad fans [Gift Guide 2018]

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Buying for an iPad fan? Start here!
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The holiday shopping season has rudely crept up on us, which means it’s time to start buying for friends and loved ones who have been good this year. Fortunately for you, Cult of Mac is here to help.

Gift guide 2018 bugOur gift guides are full of great products Apple fans are sure to love. We’ve hand-picked awesome accessories and glorious gadgets that we all use and recommend, so you know your money is being well-spent.

This guide focuses on the iPad lovers in your life, and there’s something to suit every budget.

USB-C for iPad Pro: Everything you need to know

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Lightning could have done this, with a dongle anyway.
Lightning could have done this, with a dongle anyway.
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Despite its drawbacks, USB-C is the future of the iPad. But just what is USB-C? Well, it’s a connector, but not all USB-C connectors are the same. And in fact, not even everything that looks like a USB-C connector is a USB-C connector.

Confused? I was. Today we’ll find out what USB-C is, why it looks just like Thunderbolt, and what hubs you might want to buy.